A Couple trip to Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that will create lifelong memories!
Need some help deciding where to plan your couple European adventure? Here are 10 of the best couple trips in Europe!
Italy We will start with an obvious choice and a place I’ve been talking about since the first time I laid eyes on it: Positano, a coastal town on Italy’s idyllic Amalfi coast. Positano is nestled on a cliff-face on the stunning Amalfi coast, far enough away for you to struggle to reach, but close enough for the area to be a journey in its own right. Around Positano, you will find the island of Capri, Sorrento (which I highly recommend), Ravello and Amalfi itself. Each of these cities deserves a few days of attention, but suffice it to say that Positano is the one that will make you beat your heart to break everything.
Belgium It is no secret that I love Belgium and still believes that it is one of the most underrated and neglected countries to visit in Western Europe. Before I first traveled to Belgium, I was warned that it would be ‘boring’, ‘dear’ and ‘not worth it’. False, fake, fake. Belgium is full of charming and picturesque little towns, and the city of Bruges is the most obvious proof of this.
- Lake Como,
Italy If it’s good enough for Clooney, it certainly piqued my interest. Lake Como, in the lake region of northern Italy, gives me the impression of being a thousand miles away from reality. Small towns, ferry transport, impressive villas and incredible regional cuisine are just the beginning. If you ever want to ‘escape’, here is an opportunity to spend days by the lake, surrounded by colorful flowers and even more colorful locals.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
The country of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a whole is often neglected. While many travelers pass through Mostar for a day trip from the nearby city of Dubrovnik (Croatia), I can say with absolute certainty that this country deserves much more than a day trip. A few years ago, I spent a week with a local family in Blagaj, a small town outside Mostar. Of course, it was Mostar who first caught my eye, but after going around this small country on the Balkan Peninsula, I realized that the beauty of this country far exceeded the landscapes. Hospitality, food, culture and friendship are the elements that have made this country worth visiting. Do yourself a favor and stay a little.
- Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Cesky Krumlov is the most charming city in the Czech Republic and certainly one of the most popular small towns in Europe. In summer, this small town, located a short distance from Prague by bus, is full of travelers from all over the world. But the story is very different in winter, when the crowd is long gone, the snow often lands on the city and creates a magical winter getaway. Whatever the season, this city is so charming that it will no doubt take your breath away.
- The Cotswolds, England.
The Cotswolds were on my to-do list before they died, so when I got there, I felt like I already knew the place. The area itself is located in the English countryside and is named after a set of small towns and estates, mostly built with characteristic local yellow limestone. The best way to enjoy the area is to take a trip from one city to another for a week in the summer, so be sure to stay a little!
Oulanka National Park, Finland. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Finland, which had long been on my ropes thanks to the inspiration of the Chronicles of Narnia and my unalterable desire to find such a magical place in real life. This is precisely what I discovered at the beginning of winter in the national park of Oulanka, covered with a layer of snow and slippery ice (I learned the hard way!). If you’re more of an outdoor traveler and looking to get off the beaten track, Lapland is the perfect setting to do so and an excellent introduction to typical Finnish culture when you start venturing further north.
- Colmar, France.
When you think of the perfect-imaged European cities, Colmar is often one of the first to come to mind. Located on the eastern border of France and Germany, Colmar presents a unique blend of Franco-German architecture, culture and culinary delights. Don’t forget to rent a bike and hit the road – here you’ll find vineyards and bike paths as far as the eye can see.
- Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.
As for fairy tales, visiting the one and only “Disney Castle” in real life is as fantastic as pinching your fingers at every moment. Europe is full of beautifully restored castles, many of which are in Germany.
- Budapest, Hungary.
It is by far one of my favorite cities in Europe and I have visited it periodically over the past five years. Although it is relatively ‘discovered’ nowadays (thanks to a huge influx of expatriates and the boom in tourism), I still think Budapest is somewhat underestimated. This city has it all: a fascinating history, an incredible architecture that rivals that of Paris, magnificent majestic interiors and some of the friendliest inhabitants you can find in a capital city. Believe me when I tell you that this city will steal your heart.
- Travel to Ireland.
From Dublin, I traveled to the west coast of Ireland by rental car on my very first visit to the country and have not stopped singing his praises ever since. Ireland is everything you could imagine – green, rainy, full of charming locals (who, yes, love the pub!) and much more. One of the best things I’ve ever done is to take a solo trip through Ireland and suffice it to say that this is one of the most impressive places I’ve seen in Europe, especially when I reached the west coast, wild and Rugged.
- The Algarve, Portugal.
I believe I have never hidden that the Algarve, in Portugal, is one of my favorite “holiday” destinations in Europe. Southern Portugal has retained all its charm during the last two decades of globalization and, although it is a hot spot for tourists, it still welcomes a large number of Portuguese holidaymakers who give it the impression of being a getaway more authentic coastal (as opposed to, say, Ibiza?). If you are looking for a summer holiday in Europe, I highly recommend Portugal and its price.
- Annecy, France.
After visiting Annecy with my friend last year, we are all convinced that there may be no other city in Europe that is as charming, picturesque and absolutely breathtaking. This city is full of charm at every turn and to put the icing on the cake, it is surrounded by water and water activities in every sense of the word (sacred peddling!)
- Brasov, Romania.
If you are a follower (like me) of the description “off the beaten track” of a place, you will fall backward for this small town in the center of Transylvania, Romania. Thanks to its proximity to the charming towns and castles of the surrounding area, all this gives novices in Romania a glimpse of the beauty of this country.
- The Scottish Highlands.
There is a trip I would like to live again and again and this is my short stay in the Scottish Highlands. For some reason (unbeknownst to me), I am obsessed with the culture of Scotland. Traditions, intriguing food and endless history immediately enveloped me in a temporal distortion. In addition, you can board the Hogwarts Express. YES, you read that right. The real Hogwarts Express.
- Stockholm, Sweden.
I never thought I would visit Stockholm after hearing friends tell me how expensive it is to get there. “Beautiful, but expensive,” they all said in the same way. This city surprised me with its charm of yesteryear and yes, the expense was still a brutal shock (!!) But all in all, I would never take those few days back for anything – this city is a real gem of Scandinavia.
- St. Petersburg, Russia.
Everyone knows that I am obsessed with St. Petersburg (or at least, anyone who has been reading World of Wanderlust for some time). Following my obsession with Russian history, I booked a trip to Russia to see with my own eyes everything I studied. I must say that the Hermitage Museum is without a doubt the most impressive building I have ever trod, not to mention the myriad collections that line up endless corridors (you can spend weeks in this place and not see everything ). The Peterhof was another highlight, especially in summer, because the weather allows you to walk in the mischievous gardens of Peter the Great (with fountains “to thing” – what a cool guy). If there is one city that deserves to be more recognized as a “must-see” city in Europe, it is this one. For me, St. Petersburg is one of the greatest cities of all time, just like Paris and London (and Peter would be so nice).
- Bled Lake, Slovenia.
I read about Bled Lake for years before thinking about visiting it. It has often been described as the most romantic lake in Europe and I must admit that it is a picturesque, calm and serene lake. If you are traveling with a loved one through Central Europe, Lake Bled is a must-see.
- Skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Being at best a beginner skier, I never imagined i’d find myself on the slopes of Zermatt – known for being one of the most impressive ski slopes in Europe, crossing the Swiss Alps to the Italian Alps. Yes, it’s as big as that! But when I went to Zermatt last year with my boyfriend, I was determined to try and improve my skills (or lack of skills), while exploring some of Switzerland’s most beautiful landscapes. This trip literally took my breath away (because I ran out of breath, Fell more times than I could count and I almost camped at night on the mountain to avoid other bruises) and I would say that for any skier or ski enthusiast, it’s a must-visit place.
- Car travel to Wales.
When I told my British friends that I would be on a road trip from England to South Wales to explore the coastline, they all asked me one thing: “Why? For them, Wales was so completely out of their sight that it might as well have been on another continent, all together, but for me, isolation was precisely what I was looking for. It turns out that Wales has had an effect on me similar to that of Ireland – a complete and total calm. I strongly advise you to rent a car, hit the road and venture out into the field without worrying about where you are.